Sher Ethiopia is Carbon Neutral

In recent years, Carbon Neutrality has been one of the environmental objectives of Sher Ethiopia.

We are very proud to announce that we have recently achieved the Carbon Neutral Status as a company. This means that our carbon footprint for the production and sales of our roses is neutral. We have achieved this status for offsetting all carbon dioxide emissions related activities such as production and transportation of our roses, production of materials and Agri inputs used but also other emissions resulting from the use of cars and electricity generation. For this journey we have been supported by PRé Consultancy and One Carbon World for calculating and validating our carbon emissions.

Calculating our emissions

To determine how much carbon to offset, one needs to determine its carbon emissions. This was one of the reasons for joining the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) pilot on Carbon Foot printing. To measure and calculate the total carbon emission for all our operations in Ethiopia and the Netherlands, our partner PRé Consultancy used the PEF methodology and the Horti-Footprint Category Rules (developed by Wageningen University). All emissions resulting from growing, grading, packing, transporting, and processing are included in our emissions calculations. But also, all inputs like fertilizers, greenhouse plastics and buildings.

Validating our calculations

To acquire the right amount of carbon credits for offsetting your emissions, One Carbon World, a certified body, verified all emission calculations and results. One Carbon World is a global resource partner of the Climate Neutral Now Initiative, launched by United Nations Climate Change. Climate Neutral Now was launched in 2015 with the goal of encouraging and supporting all levels of society to take climate action to achieve a climate neutral (net zero) world by midcentury, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement adopted the same year.

Offsetting our emissions

Based on validated emission figures, carbon credit certificates are issued. With these verified carbon credits (VERs) various project arounds the world can be financially supported. With a part of our carbon credits, we support La Pitanga / Weyerhaeuser – a reforestation project in Uruguay, South America. This project lasts for 100 years, covers 18,000 hectares, and is verified by the Rainforest Alliance. The project is also certified by the FSC (ensuring fair wages, sustainable forest management, etc.), and the carbon credits generated by this project have been retired by VERRA, the world’s largest environmental registry. The rest of our carbon credits support wind energy projects in India. Each project goes through a strict vetting process and is directly overseen by the United Nations. It is our ambition to support local African or Ethiopian offsetting projects in the future, generating an impact in the environment in which we operate.

Reduction of our emissions

We started by calculating and offsetting the emissions for the calendar year 2019. Soon we will finish the footprint calculations for 2020 and will go through the same process of validation and acquiring the right amount of verified carbon credits. Offsetting our emissions is a first step. Our long-term ambition is to continue to offset our emissions but also to reduce our emissions. The emission calculations gave us important insights where we can reduce these emissions. For our operation in Aalsmeer for example, we have converted now to 100% green electricity. We are also considering using other types of materials for inputs for growing our roses.

One Carbon World

Andrew Bowen, CEO of One Carbon World, said: ”We are proud to confirm that Afriflora Sher, the largest rose farm in the world, has achieved both the Carbon Neutral International Standard and the UN Climate Neutral Now participation. Afriflora is now among a few organizations that have achieved GOLD recognition for measuring and contributing to offsetting their emissions, showing a strong commitment to the fight against climate change. Congratulations!”